Object Name: Dragonfly table lamp
Date: ca. 1900-1906
Medium: Glass, bronze
Dimensions: Overall (height, diameter): 28 1/2 × 22 in. (72.4 × 55.9 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A., New York
Description: Leaded glass and bronze "Drophead Dragonfly" table lampshade; 22" diameter shade depicting dragonflies with outspread filigree wings and heads projecting below lower border of shade; design repeated nine times; background glass mottled yellow and blue near aperture progressing to blue near border; glass "jewels" blue; dragonfly eyes green, wings blue-yellow, and bodies orange-yellow. Shown on adjustable bronze base (N84.113.2) with 33 iridescent balls around circular platform (base model is 392), with cap (N84.113.3).
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Egon Neustadt
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Object Number: N84.113.1
Marks: stamped on metal tag inside shade: "TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK 1507"
This dragonfly shade, a popular model, was priced at $175 in Tiffany's 1906 price list. Prices ranged from $3 for small candleshades to $400 for large and intricate lamps. Considering that the average hourly wage in 1906 was only 17 1/2 cents, these lamps were an unattainable luxury for many.
Gray, Nina. "The work of Tiffany Studios." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 194-201.
Margaret K. Hofer and Rebecca Klassen, The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Nature Illuminated (Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc., 2016), 52-53.
"A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls," New-York Historical Society, February 23-May28, 2007.